In Lawrence’s comment today, he asked, because he’s on some sort of west coast hallucinatory drug, that I mention the Vancouver Canucks. Normally I prefer to write about only important things, but because Lawrence needs to read about the Canucks, I’ll try.
The Vancouver Canucks entered the NHL in 1970-71. Since then, they’ve only missed the playoffs 15 times. They made it to the Stanley Cup finals once, in 1994. Lawrence likes to dwell a lot on 1994. They didn’t win of course, but Lawrence, it seems, doesn’t mind just coming close.
The Canucks are known for their, uh, milkwagon hockey. They have one jersey retired, Stan Smyl’s number 12. Stan Smyl had 262 goals in 14 seasons there. That’s an average of 18 goals a year. He’s the best player in Canucks history, this 18 goal a year guy.
Of course there’s been other stars over the years for Vancouver. Todd Bertuzzi, for one, who every Canucks’ fan, including Lawrence, should be mighty proud of. There’s Darcy Rota, Doug Lidster, Ron Sedlbauer, Larry Gould. Legends all. Players who made fans jump out of their seats. Milkwagon hockey! And there’s more, lots more – Jeff Rohlicek, Garth Rizzuto, Roman Oksiuta, Jim Nill. The list is endless.
And last but not least, Lawrence’s all time favourite, Trevor Linden. Trevor will be in the Hall of Fame some day. All it’ll cost him is the $9.95 ticket to get through the door.
Lawrence was right. I’ve neglected all this time to mention the Vancouver Canucks. But I hope I’ve made up for it now.
I just don’t know what got into me.